This Angel Foods Snackery recipe was designed intentionally with immune system support, anti-anxiety, and of course, deliciousness in mind.
With all of the unprecedented changes to daily life going on world-wide and the constant media coverage, I realized that stress and anxiety were starting to crank up the tension in and around me!
Thankfully, I was able to get grounded, breathe and remember that in addition to embracing faith more fully, that there are also some ways that I can influence and maintain my wellbeing...
Having the awareness that managing stress is a HUGE factor in maintaining physical health, I took to the sanctuary of my kitchen.
I dug through my spice cabinet to cross reference what I had in my arsenal with the intentions that prompted my urge to make something I had never tried before.
Why this combo
If you're interested in why I chose this combination, here's the gist of what I found throughout multiple articles throughout medical news and health journals online:
Many of the spices have been found to be rich in antioxidants and have anti-inflammatory properties.
Turmeric has been found to have multiple medicinal properties. Black pepper enhances the bioavailability of the turmeric's support.
Ginger has been known to help kill cold viruses, chills and fever. Additionally, studies show that it contains magnesium and zinc, which may contribute to its influence over serotonin levels and decreased anxiety.
Cinnamon (Ceylon cinnamon preferred) can help the body fight off infections and lower blood sugar.
Local raw honey is a natural antiseptic, has antibacterial properties, and is said to have the abilities to reduce the duration of colds, tame seasonal allergies and the stomach flu.
With all of the articles and common threads I found, I was encouraged; so I recipe-tested and tested... and eventually came up with these ratios and ingredients for health, taste and convenience! (I actually ran out of almond milk and decided to try almond butter and water together... and voila!)
As it turns out, there's a long-standing Ayurvedic tradition of combining many of these similar ingredients together called Golden Milk. I had never had it before I made up my own.
My Recipe-testing Results
Here's my 5-minute, "11-ingredient" recipe for Golden Milk:
1 1/2 cup Water
2 Tbsp Almond butter
2 tsp Honey, local & raw preferred*
1 tsp Almond extract
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Turmeric
1 tsp Ground Ginger
2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
1/4 tsp Ground Black Pepper
2 armfuls of Love
2 heartfuls of Courage
Prep Time: 5 minutes. Serves 2.
We recommend the use of a blender or blender ball shaker to make this delicious batch of peace of mind.
1. Add all the ingredients into a blender or blender-ball/protein shake shaker.
2. Blend, or shake, for 30 seconds or until well combined.
3. Optional: Heat on stovetop or microwave to desired temperature.
*NOTE: you can swap honey for agave or monk fruit sweetener for a low-sugar vegan option.
When I drank it, I noticed that it felt similar to drinking a warm cup of cocoa... Like it was a hug from the inside, providing me comfort. The anxiety from all the news coverage was finally starting to melt, and I was reminded that I had every reason to be grateful in this moment!
I'm healthy. I have a roof over my head. I have heat, gas, electricity & internet access. But most of all, I have faith, and people that I care about, like you, that I can share this recipe with.
The rediscovery of how functional nutrition and other natural solutions can (and have!) impacted my overall health and wellbeing continues to be an even bigger boon than I could have ever imagined! I'm so excited that my understanding just deepens even more as I meet more and more amazing specialists in the field.
I hope you give this and other methods to manage your wellbeing a try.
Did you give this recipe a try? I'd love to hear about it and how it makes you feel, too!
Stay well, my friend.